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Quick question for PG. Would you be interested in running a similar event in London? We've been organising an HN meetup for over a year and currently have a community of over 1100 people that would love to attend an event like this. There are also several YC companies including Songkick that have been involved in the meetup that I am certain would be interested in helping out.

Possibly. If we had an event in Europe, it would probably be in London.

I think this would be great. What would you need to turn a 'possibly' into a 'yes'?

I think we really could need some of the YC spirit over here. Even as a german, I would agree London to be the best choice.

I would be really glad, because in europe (esp. in germany) at startup events we usually see some successful copycat entrepreneur as a speaker..

It seems like nearly no one in europe is taking risk in business to develop real innovation.

I know that I (and most, if not all of my startup friends back in the UK) would have definitely attended a YC event in London.

If you could find the time to appear at that event, it may be more productive it coincide with the Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford event held in November, or FOWA London on 3-5th Oct, both of which you have presented at in the past.

We would love to have you over here:)

Interesting. Folks in NYC seem to think Berlin is a better environment for startups and rarely discuss London.

As one of the founders of http://www.44con.com/ I'd be happy to chat about making this happen. We have everything we need geared up for this and could do it as a free or paid for conference.

Another vote for London from us @skilio !

Another vote for London!


+1 for London

London please!

+1 London


What about Paris? I'm hearing from neutral sources (not me, I'm biased) that Paris is ahead of London in terms of startups. I actually was surprised to hear that.

I understand that the language barrier can be stressful for Americans. London is therefore the default choice.

They're mistaken. Roughly 40% of European VC money is invested in London, nowhere else comes even close.

If you just want to do a headcount you can search Crunchbase by city.

What is the Paris startup scene like? Can a native English speaker with a little French get a job there? (Especially one with an EU passport ;)

I think it would be great to have a YC-style event in London, although I'd suggest that, instead of waiting for YC to do it for us, why don't we do it ourselves? I'd be willing put some money up to make a London equivalent happen. If anyone's interested in discussing further, drop me a line on jack at gavigan dot co dot uk

Yes, we have a thriving start up community in here, everyone is excited about YC spirit !!! We need u guys to be here in London !!

I'd certainly like to do an event in London. Would be hard to arrange for everyone from YC to make it over though.

I can't understand why YC isn't involved more with London

I'd love for this to happen, i'm really interested in going through YC and this would be amazing. Also Re: Paris. From what i've heard it's harder to start in France due to how investment law works there. Although i've seen interesting startups across Europe, my bias opinion is that YC should come to London.

another vote for London! there are a lot of people in the world with the desire and energy to build great things that cannot get visas and up and move to San Francisco, in my opinion London is the second best place to be to create a startup.

Yes, please! I can def fly from Italy if it's planned

+1 for London please. Dmitri's Hacker News Meetup is popular and the startup scene is buzzing here.

yes, London, please!

+1 for having an event in London

Yes, you could easily name it YC Europe. I'd definitely fly in for a YC event.

Totally +1 for London - we need a kick up the ass with regard to accelerators


+1 for London. Drop me a message if you need help organising.

Same, I'd be happy to help with any organisation stuff I can do.

And another - would be great to see this come off in London.

+1 for London

Another vote for London

Definitely a good idea

Another +1 for London

Yes I would back this

+1 definitely v. useful ahead of fall program applications

+1 for London !

+1 for London, would be great to have one over here

+1 for London

+1 Be great.

+1 London


+1 :)

+1 for london! Do it :)


+1 for London


+1 London

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